Fork in the Road

Fork Roadhouse aims to break the curse

It’s hard to keep track of how many restaurants have opened and closed at 9890 Bodega Highway just west of Sebastopol. Five? Six? You know the spot. It’s on the north side of the road and painted a brick-red now. The last business to make a go of it was the short-lived Stillwater Cafe, a restaurant that barely lasted four weeks before it went dark. Chef Sarah Piccolo is hoping the fifth (sixth?) time will be the charm.

Piccolo runs Sebastopol’s Fork Catering and Fork Cafe, and she plans to open Fork Roadhouse at the Bodega Highway location sometime next month. She’ll be open for breakfast and lunch, and dinner for special community events.

“It won’t be anything formal or fancy, just good food,” she says. “Even the farmers will be able to afford it.”

Look for dishes like paella, pork belly fried egg tacos, paninis and burgers. The company’s food truck will be parked out front to offer quick to-go meals.

While some people say the location is cursed, Piccolo disagrees and thinks the right concept just hasn’t come along yet.

“I think it’s a great spot. We really want to make it a community-minded place,” she says.

Meanwhile, the building at her current location at 330 South Main St. has been sold and will become a vegan bakery.

Fork Catering, 707.494.0960.

Sonoma County Library